The Carlos Museums offers a wide variety of public programs for adults from scholarly symposia to informal Talk & Taste programs. Click on listings below for descriptions of programs below or visit the Museum calendar for specific information on scheduled programs.


The Carlos Museum announces Carlos Conversations, a series of podcasts that use works of art in the Carlos Collection to spark conversations between distinguished members of Emory’s faculty. Developed in conjunction with Antenna Audio, each podcast brings together experts from different disciplines to look at museum objects in new and unusual ways.

Voted "Best Use of New Technology for Exploring Ancient Ideas" in the 2008 "Best of Atlanta" issue of Atlanta Magazine!

Download any podcast to your iPod or any portable mp3 player, bring it to the museum and receive free admission!

Send us your comments about Carlos Conversation podcasts.

Camp Carlos 2017
Through the visual arts, dance, and the written word, artists interpret the world. This summer, children 
at Camp Carlos will have opportunities to work with practicing artists in a variety of disciplines to explore both ancient and contemporary interpretations of Greek myths, use movement to interpret and express culture and identity, compare the appearance and behavior of animals at Zoo Atlanta with representations of those animals across cultures, and create new interpretations of works in the collections through silkscreen printing.

Camp sessions are $205 per week for Carlos Museum members; $245 per week for non-members. Camp Carlos offers a 10% discount to families registering siblings. Aftercare is available Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 pm for an additional $60 per week. The teen camp is from 10 am to 4 pm, with no aftercare. This two-week session costs $410 for Carlos Museum members; $490 for non-members. To register, please fill out the Camp Carlos Registration Form and send to Ana Vizurraga at

The Trials of Apollo
June 5-9; 9 AM-3 PM, Tate Room, Plaza Level (ages 7-9)
June 12-16; 9 AM-3 PM, Tate Room, Plaza Level (ages 10-12) THIS CAMP HAS FILLED.
Handsome and confident Apollo, the Greek god of the sun, music, poetry, and archery, woke up in a dumpster in Brooklyn, NY, in the body of awkward 16 year-old Lester Papadopoulos. Luckily for him, Percy Jackson and the other heroes of Camp Half-Blood are there to help! Artist Pam Beagle-Daresta will use a variety of media to compare Rick Riordan’s The Trials of Apollo series with images of Apollo in the museum’s collection. Children will also try their hands at several of Apollo’s specialties including writing “terrible haikus” and an archery experience at the Archery Learning Center* in Snellville.
A Moving Identity
June 19-23; 9 AM-3 PM, Tate Room, Plaza Level (ages 7-9)
June 26-30; 9 AM-3 PM, Tate Room, Plaza Level (ages 10-12)
Still objects can express movement and even dance in varied ways – from the female shaman transforming into a deer to the bronze, dancing Krishna to the Dogon mask that links earth and sky through dance. With Lori Teague, choreographer and professor of dance at Emory, children will learn to use movement improvisations and dance compositions to interpret these objects and others, as well as explore the multiple ways that their own identity is shaped by culture.
Silkscreen Interpretations for Teens
July 10-14 and 17-21; 10 AM-4 PM, Tata Room, Plaza Level (ages 13-18)
With artist and president of the Atlanta Printmakers Studio Deborah Sosower, teens will learn all parts of the silkscreen process including creating screens from original drawings using emulsion, building layers of color using different screens, and pulling multiple prints. Teens will study silkscreen prints from the museum’s Works on Paper collection and choose an object from the collections to interpret in their own silkscreen print series.
Lions and Vultures and Snakes – Oh, My!
July 24-28; 9 AM-3 PM, Tate Room, Plaza Level (ages 7-9)
July 31-Aug 4; 9 AM-3 PM, Tate Room, Plaza Level (ages 10-12)
Children will visit Zoo Atlanta* to investigate animal forms, movements, and behaviors, recording their impressions in field journals and in clay maquettes. In the galleries, children will explore how artists have interpreted animals across cultures before creating their own animal interpretations in clay with ceramic artist Ana Vizurraga.

*Admission and transportation fees included in the cost of the camp.

Support for educational programs for children and families at the Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation and the Marguerite Colville Ingram Fund.
Homeschool Day Spring 2017
Discovering the Parthenon
Wednesday, March 15; 12–3 pm, Ackerman Hall

The Parthenon is the most important surviving structure from ancient Greece and was eagerly recorded by artists and architects who traveled to Greece in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Students will explore images of the temple to Athena in the special exhibition In Search of Noble Marbles. In the museum’s permanent collection of Greek art, Emory art history students will lead activities related to ancient Greek life: trying on chitons, making Athenian coins, using an athlete’s strigil, and more. Homeschoolers will make their own architectural drawings using one-point and two-point perspective. Ages 6–18.

Fee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members. Space is limited. Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or
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How to Schedule a School Tour
The Michael C. Carlos Museum welcomes school groups to explore the museum's collections and special exhibitions with members of the museum's Docent Guild.

To schedule a guided tour, download the new Tour Reservation Request Form, which can be filled out and returned to the Museum by email to or by fax to 404-727-4292.  Once your tour request form is received, you will be contacted by Office of Educational Programs staff to confirm your tour. Your tour is not confirmed simply by submiting the request form, but only when you have received an email confirmation and invoice.

Tour Times: Tours are offered Tuesday through Friday at 10 am, 11 am, and noon.

Group Size: Maximum number is 65 guests per hour. Groups larger than 65 may schedule back-to-back tours.

Length of Tours: 50 minutes 

Chaperones: One per every ten students required.

Fees: Visits are $6 per student. One chaperone for every ten students is free. Additional adults are $7 each.

Confirmation: You will receive an email confirming your tour date and time and invoicing you for payment.

Self-guided tours: We welcome teachers who wish to guide their own groups. Please remember that self-guided groups must also be scheduled through the Office of Educational Programs in advance to avoid overcrowding in the galleries.
University Classes that Use the Collections of the Carlos

Museum curators and university faculty use the collections in their teaching.  Below is a sampling of the types of courses that use Carlos Museum collections.

Religous Art of South Asia
Dr. Ellen Gough

This course takes an immersive approach to the study of the religious art of South Asia, ca. 2500 BCE to the present day. We will spend two of the three class meetings a week in the classroom, and the third either in the Asian Collection at Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum or at a site of religious practice in Atlanta. Course units will focus on the paintings, sculptures, architecture, and material and visual culture more broadly of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet and Sri Lanka. We will examine Jain, Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim religious art, asking how these material objects relate to religious texts and practices. For the course unit on the Hindu epic the Rāmāyaṇa, for example, we will compare parts of the Sanskrit text of the epic by Vālmīki with depictions of the story in comic books, on television, and in eighteenth-century miniature paintings in the collection at the Carlos Museum. The Spring 2016 semester will also offer the unique opportunity to examine the temporary exhibit at the Carlos Museum, “Doorway to an Enlightened World: The Tibetan Shrine from the Alice S. Kandell Collection.”

Freshman Seminar: The 12 Caesars: Sex, Lies and Politics in Ancient Rome

Dr. Eric Varner
Popular perceptions of Rome’s first twelve Caesars (who included Julius Caesar, Augustus, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Vespasian, Titus and Domitian) are often fueled by the ancient biographer Suetonius’s lurid and scandalous accounts of the period. Suetonius’s Twelve Caesars is filled with accusations of outrageous sexual behavior, madness, and political posturing, that are often in direct opposition to the visual record as embodied in  official monuments of art and architecture commissioned by the Caesars themselves or their wives.  This course will combine an in depth examination of the artistic material, as well as surviving portraits in sculpture and on coins and gems,  together with a careful reading of Suetonius’s text, as well as new biographical material on the twelve Caesars.  Close attention will be paid to the iconographic meaning of the artistic monuments, their intended audiences, and their points of comparison and divergence from Suetonius, thus revealing the complex nature of Roman culture and society in the early imperial period. 

Ancient Egypt
Dr. Gay Robins

This course is designed as an introduction to the art of ancient Egypt from the late Predynastic Period through the Old and Middle Kingdoms. It will examine the basic principles by which Egyptian artists worked, together with the techniques and materials that they used, and will consider the various purposes, religious, political and social, for which Egyptian art was created. The course will be structured chronologically, and will acquaint students with key works of art, placing them within the context of ancient Egyptian history and culture. These works will include the monumental pyramids built by the kings of Egypt to be their tombs and the lavishly decorated tomb chapels constructed for elite government officials. There will be class visits to the Carlos Museum to study ancient Egyptian works on display.

Arts of Africa: An Introduction

Dr. Susan Gagliardi
Artists linked to the African continent have historically created arts from a variety of materials, including wood, metal, and earth as well as animal and vegetal matter. Some objects, including wooden headpieces, were designed to be seen in motion during masquerade performances. Other objects, including brass heads, were designed for static displays. In this introductory course, we will think about a broad range of arts, their biographies, and contexts for their display. We will look closely at different works, from study sixteenth- and seventeenth- century brass plaques once shown in the palace in Benin City, Nigeria, to twentieth-century wooden headpieces worn by performers during certain events in Pende communities of present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo. Students will also be invited to view African art on display at the Michael C. Carlos Museum and the High Museum.

Shamanism: Art in the Americas
Dr. Rebecca R. S. Bailey

The underlying religious complex of ancient and modern indigenous American cultures can be understood under the umbrella term of shamanism, or the direct visionary contact with the spiritual world by trained intermediaries in order to promote balance, fertility, and health. Art is deeply implicated in this system, from earliest times through to today. This seminar will discuss the parameters of shamanic belief and practice as applied to the visual elements, from the “tools” of curing to the achievement of trance to the recording of experience and imagery of healing itself. An emphasis will be placed on plant and animal iconography.

Information for Faculty

The collections of the Michael C. Carlos Museum represent an important curricular resource for Emory faculty. Comprised of over 20,000 works from the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece and Rome, the Americas, sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and works on paper (prints, drawings, and photographs) from the middle ages to the present, the collections offer unique opportunities to engage students in discussions about original works of art and the civilizations that produced them.

The museum enourages faculty to make use of its diverse collections, as well as temporary exhibitions, as primary resources for object-based teaching. The galleries provide an intimate setting for “out-of-the-classroom” learning. The diverse collections and exhibitions provide points of connection with a variety of disciplines as well as opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. Faculty in art history, classics, religion, creative writing, dance, anthropology, English, the sciences, and others use the museum's collections and exhibitions regularly in their teaching.

The museum's galleries are open Tuesday - Friday, from 10 am - 4 pm and are always free to Emory faculty and students. Faculty may guide their students through the collections and exhibitions or schedule a tour with a member of the museum's Docent Guild. To scheule a time for your class or a docent-led tour, contact Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or Members of the staff are also available to help create connections between the museum’s collections and exhibitions and coursework. Contact Elizabeth Hornor, Marguerite Colville Ingram Director of Education, at 404-727-6118 or

High-quality photographs of more than 1000 objects from the museum’s collection are available free of charge for teaching use through Artstor. Click here and select "Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online" from the Emory Collections section. Faculty and students may request additional photos not available in Carlos Collections Online and may request permission to publish photos in scholarly works by contacting

The museum recognizes that only a small portion of its collection is on view at any given time. Faculty and students may arrange to view selected objects from storage by appointment, Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm, pending availability of staff and suitable space within the museum. Museum curators will help faculty and students to complete a Study Access/Classroom Use of Objects form. Ideally, faculty and students should contact the curator responsible for the object(s) at least two weeks in advance of their class or study period.* So that faculty can focus on their teaching, rather than on the care of the artwork, a museum curator and/ or member(s) of the collections staff will attend classes when artwork is present.

*Due to a construction project that will affect curatorial and registrar's offices as well as access to storage, slated for February 20th – May 8th, and the challenges it will pose on many fronts, pulling artwork in storage for  classes during Spring semester 2017 will require advanced planning. If possible, please contact curators prior to February 3, 2017 for requests for Spring semester. For requests made by that date, works can be pulled in advance and set it aside for your class. If you are unable to determine your artwork needs by February 3rd, please realize we may not be able to accommodate your requests. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience. 

The Carlos Museum’s permanent collection galleries mirror its curatorial divisions, each overseen by a member of the staff:

Art of the Americas, Rebecca Stone 
Ancient Greek and Roman Art, Jasper Gaunt  
Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art, Melinda Hartwig 
African Art, Amanda Hellman
Asian Art, Elizabeth Hornor 
Works of Art on Paper, Andi McKenzie  

Museum staff also work with academic departments on campus to develop programs of interest to the academic as well as the Atlanta community. For a complete listing of these programs, please see the calendar.

A civilized learning experience. Enjoy afternoon tea and scones as museum curators and Emory faculty members and graduate students discuss works of art in the collections and exhibitions. These programs are free and open to the Emory community and the public.

Programs for Spring semester include:

Thursday, March 16
7:30 pm, Ackerman Hall

In 2015, the family of the late Thomas Lyman, long-time professor of medieval art at Emory, donated a wooden statue of the Virgin and Child to the Carlos. Enjoy afternoon tea and scones as Nicole Corrigan, graduate in the Art History Department, discusses her research on the statue, conducted during an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship.

Thursday, April 6
4 pm, Ackerman Hall

Enjoy afternoon tea and scones as Deborah Elise White, associate professor of English and Comparative Literature, discusses George Gordon, Lord Bryon—his travels to Greece, his ardent support of the Greeks (who consider him a national hero) in their war of independence from the Turks, and his outrage at the removal of the Parthenon sculptures by Lord Elgin, which he described as “sacred objects plundered by profane English hands.”  



Odyssey Online
The Carlos Museum's interactive website for kids continues to grow and expand. Thanks to the generous financial support of the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the Carlos is pleased to present Odyssey Online: South Asia, a web-based resource for upper elementary, middle, and high school students that uses engaging interactive technology to explore works of art in the museum's collection in depth, and to provide an understanding of how similar objects function in relgious contexts in India and here in Atlanta.  

Students may explore a 13th-century gilt Buddha from Tibet in the museum's collection, and then explore a similar one, with the help of a Tibetan Buddhist monk, on the altar at Atlanta's Drepung Loseling Monastery. They can also study a sandstone image of the elephant-headed deity, Ganesha, and then witness a ritual that happens every Saturday morning at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta in which the deity is annointed with auspicious substances, dressed and ornaments, providing students with an understanding of how such sculptures function in a religious context.

Be sure to explore other engaging sections of Odyssey Online:

Odyssey Online: Greece, designed for elementary students  

Odyssey Online: Ancient Americas, designed for upper elementary and middle school students. 

Workshops for Teachers, 2017 - 2018

Teachers tell us that the workshops and educator courses at the Carlos Museum are unique. They value these programs because of the engaging content and the opportunity to work in small groups with scholars and artists who are not only experts in their areas, but masterful and generous instructors. Join us this academic year for a rich mix of workshops that range from explorations in the galleries with Emory faculty and curators, to hands-on art experiences with guest artists.

Unless otherwise noted the fee is $10 for museum members and $15 for non-members.  To register, contact Clare Fitzgerald at or 404-727-2363.

Spring Semester 2017 Workshops 

Workshop for Teachers: The New World in the Age of Shakespeare
Thursday, March 23; 5–7:30 pm, Tate Room
How did Europeans learn about the New World in the time of Shakespeare and how did these sources represent America and its inhabitants? Join curator Andi McKenzi, as she explores the often-sensational depictions of native people created for European audiences in the exhibition Desire and Consumption: The New World in the Age of Shakespeare. Examine masterworks from the museum’s Art of the Americas collection, such as the fantastic ceramic Crocodile Effigy Incense Burner, to further understand the indigenous cultures represented in these European prints and texts. Following the gallery talk, participants will work with teaching artist and ceramicist Ana Vizurraga to create their own clay incense burners based on those found in the Carlos collection and discuss ways to bring the project into the classroom.
Space is limited and registration is required by contacting Clare Fitzgerald at 404-727-2363 or Fee: $10 for Carlos Museum members; $15 for non-members.

Workshop for Teachers: Writing in the Ancient Near East and Egypt
Saturday, April 22; 10 am–1 pm, Tate Room

Written language captures the human experience from ancient times to the present. Led by Richard Purcell of the Candler School of Theology, teachers will explore how hieroglyphs and cuneiform were used to record the mundane and divine in the ancient world. Participants will then examine ways to use writing in the classroom to facilitate close looking and critical thinking through activities in the gallery. Finally, teachers will have the opportunity to design and create their own clay cylinder seals with artist Ana Vizurraga in the studio.
Space is limited and registration is required by contacting Clare Fitzgerald at 404-727-2363 or Fee: $10 for Carlos Museum members; $15 for non-members, and includes light refreshments from Alon’s.

Andrew W. Mellon Internships

Thanks to the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Michael C. Carlos Museum offers paid summer internships for Emory University students. Graduate and undergraduate students with strong interest in and aptitude for museum work may gain experience to augment their academic program. Three interns will be selected by a committee of Museum staff and faculty advisors. The internships are ten weeks in length, and students are paid $5,000. Scheduling of the ten weeks is flexible and can be done in consultation with the  curator in charge.  Deadline for applying for the Mellon Internship is February 24, 2017.

Summer 2017 projects include:

1.  In preparation for the Threads of Time: Tradition and Change in Indigenous American Textiles, opening at the Carlos Museum on August 17th, a Mellon intern will work under the supervision of curator of Art of the Americas on the implementation of an online catalogue on the Omeka platform. The intern will “build” the exhibition, inputting the essays, didactics, bibliography, photographs, and video, and work with the Marketing and PR office to make it available on the Carlos Museum’s website.  If there is time, he/she will also assist with the installation of the show, and production of labels.
2. Another Mellon opportunity exists for a student with advanced training in the art and archaeology of the ancient Near East to work with Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Near Eastern, and Nubian Art, Melinda Hartwig, on the reinstallation of the Near Eastern and Egyptian Galleries scheduled for 2018. This multifaceted project will include research and writing and project coordination with departments across the museum, including conservation, design, and the registrar. Attention to detail, the ability to multitask, and follow through on a number of different projects at once is essential.
3. Through the generosity of the Henry Luce and Samuel H. Kress Foundations, and under the auspices of the Society for Classical Studies, the Michael C. Carlos Museum is hosting a six-week workshop for graduate students writing dissertations in the fields of classical literature and history to gain exposure to the material – archaeological – record of the ancient world. From Monday 15 May until Friday 30 June, ten graduate students from a spectrum of campuses will come to Emory to participate in this project that is organized by the curator of Greek and Roman Art, Dr Jasper Gaunt.
Thanks to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, an opportunity exists for an undergraduate student at Emory to work with Dr Gaunt and the Education Department at the Carlos Museum to facilitate the arrangements of this workshop. Besides aspects of day-to-day hospitality and logistics, responsibilities will also include assisting with visits to local artists’ workshops and a field trip to see the Nashville Parthenon.
The balance of the ten week internship will be made up either during the course of the Summer or Fall, working with the curator on pottery in the classical collection.

Download the Mellon Internship application here.

The Carlos Museum also offers unpaid internships, often for credit, and other opportunities for working and learning in a museum environment for Emory students. For more information about internships, contact Elizabeth Hornor by phone at 404-727-6118, or by email at

Museum Recognized for Innovative Faculty Collaborations

The Office of the Provost has recognized the Carlos Museum for its commitment to innovative faculty collaborations and to public education. Read the article below and watch the video here.

In the beginning was a mummy. And not just any mummy, but, in fact, the oldest Egyptian mummy in the Western Hemisphere, one of only seven in the world. Emory's Old Kingdom mummy was the first inventoried object (1921.1) in the collection of the Michael C. Carlos Museum. A massive conservation effort in 2011 drew on a university-wide team of conservationists, faculty, and students to restore the Old Kingdom mummy, which now holds a special place in the permanent collection of the Carlos Museum.

However, beyond this one rare and special object, the Carlos opens up a broader treasure chest to Emory -- one intrinsically tied to the university's mission to "create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity." Recognizing the importance of the museum to academic life, Emory's strategic plan, Where Courageous Inquiry Leads, focused one of its framing principles on Creativity: Arts and Innovation. That emphasis -- along with Courageous Inquiry initiatives on strengthening faculty distinction, enhancing the student experience, creating community, and religions and the human spirit -- has helped the Carlos grow even stronger in its support of academics.

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Museum Tours

PUBLIC TOURS: Members of the Museum's Docent Guild lead public tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tours begin in the Rotunda on Level One of the Museum.

Docent-led tours are available for groups of ten or more by appointment. Please call 404-727-0519 to schedule a tour for your group. Please call at least two weeks in advance.

Museum Moments is a tour designed for people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia. Experiencing the art of the ancient world at the Carlos Museum can spark the imagination, trigger memories, and encourage a shared experience in a beautiful setting. Individuals with mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer’s or dementia are invited to attend Museum Moments tours with their family member or a caregiver. The tour is available at 1 pm on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May.  Please contact Clare Fitzgerald by email or by phone at 404 727 2363 to make a reservation.  

Stools for this program were made possible by a gift from Sylvia Dodson in memory of her husband, James Dodson.


Highlights of the Collection Audio Tour
Thanks to the generous financial support of the Sara Giles Moore Foundation and the Morgens West Foundation, the Carlos Museum is pleased to introduce a new multimedia audio guide to the permanent collections. The guides include fifty minutes of new material, featuring expert commentary from museum curators and Emory faculty members from a number of departments at the university. The guides, available on iPod touches, feature enhanced multimedia content offering visitors a greater understanding of the Carlos Museum’s permanent collection. For example, in the Art of the Americas section, images of whale sharks on the screen help visitors visualize the ways in which the Museum’s Chancay female effigy vessel represents the shaman transforming into the giant fish, which serves as her animal spirit companion. The guide is available for a rental fee of $3.  Carlos Museum members enjoy unlimited free usage.

Times and Texts of the Bible Audio Tour
A second audio tour makes connections between the Museum's permanent collections and the Bible. Curators and faculty members from Emory University's Candler School of Theology and the Departments of Religion and Middle Eastern Studies explore objects in relation to biblical texts to enhance our understanding of the cultures out of which Judaism and Christianity developed. The guide is available for a rental fee of $3. It is included in the general audio tour rental. Museum members enjoy unlimited free usage.

NEW! The Science Behind Art Conservation Tour
The Science Behind Art Conservation
(Appropriate for Fourth Grade to High School)

In this exciting new tour developed with the guidance and expertise of the museum's Chief Conservator, students will explore the many ways that science is employed in the study and preservation of works of art. Museum docents will introduce students to art conservation practices focusing on preventative care, treatment, and research.  Digital images on iPads will provide students the opportunity to examine the condition of objects prior to conservation treatment, as well as images of treatment in progress. In this very interactive tour, students will be able to handle examples of materials used to make and conserve art, including fabrics used to stabilize the mummies. They will see beyond what is visible to the museum visitor. For example, in the Egyptian galleries they will get a glimpse into the creative process of the artist through modern, microscopic analysis where a cross section of the paint surface from 1075 BC reveals a substructure of mud applied below the layers of under painting.  Students will be able to see how salt crystals in porous materials such as ceramics or stone can cause damage that may destroy the surface and weaken the structure and the treatment that was performed.

Students will practice the Habits of Mind teaching goals as they:
*Ask questions that lead to investigations
*Use charts and graphs
*Use data to answer questions
*Identify patterns of change
*Research and gather information
*Understand the importance of safety concerns

Resources for Teachers:
Classroom Lesson Plans:
       Bug Scavenger Hunt Worksheet
       Condition Report Activity
       Loss Compensation Activity

Introduction to Art Conservation

Preservation Information Cards and Insect Investigation Activity for Students

Case Studies of Conservation Projects at the Museum

Science and Art Conservation: Resources for Teachers to Use in the Classroom

Artful Stories at the Museum
When ancient art, great stories, and inquisitive children are brought together, something exciting happens and young imaginations flourish! This program is for children three-to-five years old accompanied by a parent or other adult. Once a month on select Saturdays, children will be able to sit in the galleries surrounded by works of art and hear stories of ancient Greece and Rome, Egypt, Asia, the Americas, and Africa. After the story, children and their companions will move to the Tate Room to create works of art or participate in activities based on the story and the cultures represented in the Carlos' collections.

The Artful Stories program is made possible through the generous support of PNC Bank and the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation.

Student Research Blogs
Graduate student Shelly Burian is documenting the process of recreating a Wari textile. The project has grown out of her research with Curator of the Art of the Americas, Dr. Rebecca Stone, as well as a life-long interest in dyeing and weaving.  The final textile will be featured in the exhibition Threads of Time: Tradition and Change in Indigenous American Textiles, which opens at the Carlos Museum iin 2017.  Follow the blog here.
Elementary School Curriculum Based Tours

First Look (Kindergarten)
Designed for young visitors (ages 4-6), this program introduces children to the exciting stories behind objects across the collection.

Archaeology (All Grades)
As they explore the galleries, students learn about pioneering archaeologist Kathleen Kenyon and the development of stratigraphy at the ancient site of Jericho. They will discover the excitement of analyzing artifacts once they have come out of the ground, from Egyptian mummies and coffins to sculpture, pottery, and jewelry from ancient Greece. Your students will put STEAM into practice as they learn the role of x-rays, chemical analysis, carbon-14 dating, and other scientific techniques that contribute to an archaeologist’s understanding of material culture.

Resources for Archaeology:
PDF Standards
PDF Archaeology Lesson Plan
PDF Vocabulary

Majority Rules (3rd Grade)
Developed by museum staff and 3rd grade teachers under a grant by the Georgia Humanities Council, this interactive tour for elementary students is aligned with the Georgia Performance Standards for 3rd grade. It introduces students to 5th-century Athens during the construction of the Parthenon and the development of the roots of democracy. See below for the Greek Passport booklet for students, Majority Rules vocabulary, and a follow up lesson plan.

Chamber Music Concerts
The Carlos Museum and the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta present the Cooke Noontime Chamber Music Series. These monthly concerts are free and open to the Emory community and the public.  Come early as seating and parking are limited.

Friday, September 16
Noon, Ackerman Hall

In the first concert in the semester, the Vega String Quartet welcomes their new first violinist, Elizabeth Fayette.

Friday, October 21
Noon, Ackerman Hall

Dynamic virtuosos Timothy Fain, violin, and Matt Haimovitz, cello, perform music for solo strings.

Friday, November 11
Noon, Ackerman Hall
The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and the Vega String Quartet welcome cellist Christopher Rex for a performance of Anton Arensky’s dramatic Quartet for Violin, Viola, and Two Celli.

Friday, December 2
Noon, Ackerman Hall

Eugene Skovorodnikov, piano, returns to Emory to play Haydn’s F Minor Variations and Brahms’s great Sonata in F Minor.

Friday, January 20
Noon, Ackerman Hall

Pianist Elizabeth Pridgen joins the Vega String Quartet for Brahms’s Piano Quintet in F Minor.

Friday, February 24
Noon, Ackerman Hall

Canadian virtuoso pianist Philip Thomson performs works of Franz Liszt and Felix Blumenfeld.

Friday, March 31
Noon, Ackerman Hall

Some of the most outstanding undergraduate talents from Emory’s Department of Music perform.

Friday, April 21
Noon, Ackerman Hall

In an annual program titled Ransom Notes, sister and brother duo Kate (violin) and William (piano) Ransom play Schubert and Barber.

Friday, May 5
Noon, Ackerman Hall

Members of the Emory voice faculty sing Johannes Brahms’s Liebeslieder and other works.

How to Schedule a Tour for Your Homeschool Group

The Michael C. Carlos Museum welcomes homeschool school groups to explore the Museum's collections and special exhibitions with members of the Museum's Docent Guild.

To schedule a guided tour, download the new Tour Reservation Request Form, which can be filled out and returned to the Museum by email to or by fax to 404-727-4292. After typing information into the form please click the SAVE button at the end of the form.

Once your tour request form is received, you will be contacted by Office of Educational Programs staff to confirm your tour. Your tour is not confirmed simply by submitting the request form, but only when you have received an email confirmation and invoice.

Tour Times: Tours are offered Tuesday through Friday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.
Group Size: Maximum number is 65 guests per hour. Groups larger than 65 may schedule back to back tours.
Length of Tour: 50 minutes.
Chaperones: One per every ten students required.
Fees: Visits are $6 per student. One chaperone for every ten students is free. Additional adults are $7 each. Children five and under are free.
Confirmation: You will receive an email confirming your tour date and time and invoicing you for payment.
Children's Workshops

Drawing in the African Galleries
Sunday, April 30; 2–4 pm, Tate Room

From form, texture, and contrast in the beaded bowl figure from Cameroon to the lines and values of the Nyau mask from Malawi, children will explore the elements of art using the rich variety of objects in the African Gallery. After completing drawing exercises in the gallery, children will experiment with techniques to build upon those preliminary sketches in a studio setting with artist Angus Galloway. Ages 9–12.

Fees for Children's Workshops: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members. Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or

Support for workshops for children and families at the Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation.

Funding Your Museum Visit and Bus Transportation

Need help funding transportation for a Museum visit?

A generous member of the Carlos Museum's Advisory Board has given funding to support the cost of bus transportation to the Museum for Title I schools.  K-12 teachers may receive up to $300 towards the cost of bus transporation.  Contact Ana Vizurraga at 404.727.4280 or to apply. Funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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Student Docent Program

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to join the Museum's Docent Guild to give tours to K-12 groups, students, and the general public. Each fall new student docents are recruited and receive training on the collections. They begin touring in the spring. This provides students an excellent opportunity to develop research and presenation skills. For more information, contact Clare Fitzgerald at 404-727-2363 or

Middle School Curriculum Based Tours
Continuity and Change: Material Culture in the Near East, Africa, and South Asia (7th Grade)
In this journey through the galleries, students explore the diverse belief systems found in cultures from the ancient Near East, Africa, and South Asia. Students will compare the images of the meditative Buddha with the narrative movement of Hindu figures. In the Near Eastern galleries, oil lamps and pilgrim flasks represent the formative periods in Judaism and Christianity. In the African galleries, students will explore objects from indigenous religions as well as pieces influenced by the spread of Christianity and Islam.

The Americans Before the Collision of Cultures (6th Grade)
Students will learn about indigenous civilizations, ancient and modern, through objects from South, Central, and North America. The varied cultures of the two continents are represented by objects such as gold and jade adornments, colorful textiles, and a staggering array of pottery.

Resource for Teachers: Nature and Artistry in the Ancient Americas.  A Teachers Guide to the Carlos collection.

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Public Programs of Interest to Students

The Carlos Museum offers a wide variety of public programs of interest to Emory students. For a complete listing of these programs, please see the Calendar.

High School Curriculum Based Tours

World History (High School)
In this tour, students delve into cultures from all over the world through close-looking and discussion around objects that enliven the study of world history. Through their gallery exploration, students pursue themes that unite cultures across the collection such as communication, trade, and cosmology, and interact directly with objects that illustrate the unique expression of cultures throughout the world. This wide-ranging tour brings cultures from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the ancient Mediterranean world into conversation.

Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations (High School)
The ancient civilizations of the Near East, Egypt, and Greece come to life in the galleries at the Carlos.

Times and Texts of the Bible (All High School)
Learn how objects from the Egyptian, Near Eastern, and Classical collections relate to the times and texts of the Hebrew Bible and the Greek New Testament.

Foreign Language

Latin Classes: Ars Longa, Vita Brevis (High School)
Since "art is long and life, short" seize the day and visit Ulysses, Menelaus, Europa, and the Emperor Tiberius in the galleries of the Carlos Museum. Discover the importance of Roman imperial portraiture and propaganda. Find images of metamorphoses and reinforce your reading with scenes from Ovid and Virgil. Explore Roman funeral rituals and translate inscription on cinerary urns. Meet Romulus and Remus and see the crucial role of archaeology in understanding objects from Roman daily life.

Art Classes

Drawing in the Galleries (All High School)
Drawing is at the heart of this hour-and-a-half-long exploration of the Carlos collection where young artists discuss the elements of art and drawing techniques and participate in a sustained drawing activity guided by experienced docent-artists.

Carlos Reads Book Club

Carlos Reads offers an opportunity to read and discuss great works of literature related to the museum's collections and exhibitions in an informal, small group setting, with distinguished members of the Emory faculty as guides.  

Carlos Reads discussions meet on Monday nights at 7:30 pm in the Board Room on Level Two of the museum. Books may be picked up in the Office of Educational Programs on the Plaza Level between 8:30 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday.  Please pick up the book in time to read it before the discussion.

The Suns of Independence

Mondays, January 23 & 30

Subha Xavier, assistant professor of French and Francophone literature, will lead a two-part discussion of The Suns of Independence, a masterpiece of modern African literature by Ahmadou Kourouma. Published in French in 1968 (and translated into English in 1970), the novel is a critique of Africa in the aftermath of decolonization told through the lives of Fama, the last of the Dumbuya princes who had reigned over the Malinké tribe before the European conquest, and his wife, Salimata. Through his Malinké-inflected prose Kourouma explores themes such as African royal kingdoms and ethnicity, arbitrary national boundaries and postcolonial conflict, Islam and fetishism, and the changing roles of women in present-day Mali, Ivory Coast, and Guinea.

Space is limited and registration is required by calling 404-727- 6118. Fee: $30 for Carlos Museum members; $40 for non-members, and includes the cost of the book.

The Heart of Redness

Monday, February 6

Clifton Crais, professor of history and director of Emory’s Institute of African Studies, will lead a discussion of The Heart of Redness by Zakes Mda. Published in 2000, just six years after the end of apartheid, the novel explores the classic themes of tradition and modernity in a newly democratic South Africa. Mda moves between the contemporary moment and an epochal and still-remembered event in the middle of the nineteenth century, when the Xhosa followers of a prophet perished in a massive famine known as the “Cattle Killing” or the Xhosa national suicide. Among the many issues raised by the novel are questions such as “what is the location of the past in the present,” “what does it mean to be free,” and “what is a post-apartheid South Africa?”

Space is limited and registration is required by calling 404-727- 6118. Fee: $20 for Carlos Museum members; $25 for non-members, and includes the cost of the book.

Nervous Conditions

Monday, February 27

Pamela Scully, professor of African Studies at Emory, leads readers in a discussion of Nervous Conditions by Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga. Published in 1988, the novel focuses on an African family in colonial Rhodesia during the 1960s and explores such themes as the impact of missionary education, racism, and colonial- ism, particularly on the lives of young black women at the end of the colonial era. The novel is quite bold in its exploration of various forms of male dominance both in the white settler and African communities.

Space is limited and registration is required by calling 404-727- 6118. Fee: $20 for Carlos Museum members; $25 for non-members, and includes the cost of the book.

Prospero's Cell
Monday, March 13

In conjunction with the exhibition In Search of Noble Marbles: Earliest Travelers to Greece, Patrick Allit of Emory's History Department leads readers through Prospero's Cell: A Guide to the Landscape and Manners of the Island of Corfu, Lawrence Durrell's memoir of life on the Ionian island just before the outbreak of World War II.  

"Corfu, that Ionian island whose idyllic yet blood-stained history goes back the best part of a thousand years, could not have found a fitter chronicler than Mr Durrell. For he is a poet, with all a poet's sensibility, and a humanist to boot, with a keen eye for character and a scholar's reverence for antiquity."  — Daily Telegraph

Space is limited and registration is required by calling 404-727- 6118. Fee: $20 for Carlos Museum members; $25 for non-members, and includes the cost of the book.

Shakespeare's The Tempest
Monday, March 27

The Year of Shakespeare continues with his last wholly written play, The Tempest. In conjunction with the exhibition Desire and Consumption: The New World in the Age of Shakespeare, Sheila Cavanaugh explores connections to both new and old worlds, from shipwrecks in the Americas as source material to "deliberately placed echoes of classical narratives."

Space is limited and registration is required by calling 404-727- 6118. Fee: $20 for Carlos Museum members; $25 for non-members, and includes the cost of the book.

Family Concerts

The Carlos Museum offers an exciting series of chamber music concerts for children and families performed by The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and special guest artists. Family concerts are a wonderful way to introduce children of all ages to chamber music in the intimate space of the Carlos Museum's Reception Hall. Concerts last for approximately one hour.

Musical Animals
Sunday, April 23
4 PM, Ackerman Hall

Ferdinand the Bull and Peter and the Wolf narrated by Lois Reitzes, legendary voice of classical radio in Atlanta. With pianists Elena Cholakova and William Ransom.


Family Concerts at the Carlos Museum are made possible through the generous financial support of the Christian Humann Foundation. 
Lectures, Symposia, and Gallery Talks
The Museum draws on the rich resources of the University's faculty and graduate students, and supports Emory's academic mission by bringing nationally and internationally recognized scholars, authors, and artists to campus to present engaging lectures and gallery talks, and to participate in public conversations. Most of these programs are free and all are open to the Emory community and the public. Highlights of Spring semester 2017 include:

Noble Marbles Lecture
Tuesday, March 14
7:30 pm, Exhibition Galleries
In the exhibition In Search of Noble Marbles, Curator of Greek and Roman Art, Jasper Gaunt, discusses the responses that can be discerned among travelers to the Parthenon, from the earliest who had theprivilege of seeing the monument practically intact within a Turkish village to the archaeologists who cleared off the Acropolis in order to reveal its Periklean state. Between them lie diverse reactions to its destruction in 1687, and the arguments that surrounded Lord Elgin’s removal of the sculpture.

Saturday, April 1
7:30 pm, Ackerman Hall

In 2014, British poet Alice Oswald mesmerized audience members at the Carlos with her performance of Memorial, her masterful portrayal of fallen soldiers in Homer’s Iliad, which won the Warwick Prize for its stunning imagery. Oswald returns to the Carlos to read from her new collection, Falling Awake. Trained as a classicist at New College, University of Oxford, Oswald reimagines figures such as Orpheus and Tithonus alive in an English landscape together with shadows, flies, villagers, dew, crickets—all characterized in tension between the weight of death and their own willpower.

ARCE Lecture
Sunday, April 2
2 pm, Ackerman Hall

After ruling as Egypt’s Twenty-fifth Dynasty, the Kushite kings returned home to Sudan, where they reigned and continued to contribute to the architectural landscape for almost a 1,000 years. The Atlanta Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt and the Carlos Museum welcome Dr. Caroline Rocheleau, curator of ancient art at the North Carolina Museum of Art, who shares her experience excavating the ruins of temples dedicated to Amun at the Royal City of Meroe and the site of Dangeil in a lecture titled Excavating Kush.

African Art Lecture
Monday, April 3
7:30 pm, Ackerman Hall

Christa Clarke, curator of the arts of global Africa at the Newark Museum, considers the complex issues surrounding the representation of contemporary African art in museums. Since the start of the 21st century, Newark, like many museums, has placed an increasing emphasis on modern and contemporary arts of Africa, expanding on an historic collection begun a century ago. In a lecture titled Curating Contemporary African Art, Clarke addresses the development of the collection at Newark, discussing the curatorial strategies behind its collecting and display.

Noble Marbles Lecture
Wednesday, April 5
7:30 pm, Exhibition Galleries
Dyfri Williams of the Research Center in Archaeology and Heritage at the Free University of Brussels, gives a illustrated lecture titled Lord Elgin and His Artistic Mission.

Gallery Talk and Film Screening
Thursday, April 6
7:30 pm Exhibtion Galleries

Matthew Bernstein, chair of Emory’s Film Studies Department, leads visitors through the companion exhibition to Noble Marbles, Enter Dionysus, a selection of publicity photographs for movies made using subjects from Greek mythology from 1927–71. Several were filmed in the very ruins whose discovery is explored in Noble Marbles. After the tour, Dr. Bernstein will introduce the 1969 film Medea, based on the tragedy by Euripides and starring the legendary soprano Maria Callas in her only film role.

Zeus on the Loose Gallery Talk
Tuesday, April 18
7:30 pm, Greek and Roman Galleries

Bonna Wescoat, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Art History, leads visitors through the Greek galleries exploring the sexual escapades of the randy god Zeus and the heroes, monsters, and gods issuing from his remarkable love affairs.

Space is limited and a reservation is required by calling 404-727-6118.

Print Matters: An Evening with Old Masters
Thursday, April 20
7 pm, Ackerman Hall

The Carlos Museum and Pitts Theology Library present an intimate evening with the art of Lucas Cranach and Albrecht Dürer. Upon arrival, guests will enjoy wine and an elegant cheese selection. Then, Pat Graham, director of the Pitts Library, and Andi McKenzie, Carlos assoicate
curator of works on paper, will lead a special “close looking” and discussion of twelve Dürer and Cranach works in Ackerman Hall, examining the technique and style, as well as the spiritual and artistic evolution of the two men within the tumultuous religious atmosphere
of 16th century Germany.

Fee: $50 for Carlos Museum members; $75 for non-members.
Space is limited and registration is required by calling 404-727-6118.

Common Core and Georgia Performance Standards
Docent-led tours of the collections of the Carlos Museum are designed to meet Common Core and Georgia Performance Standards in many areas of the curriculum, providing a vivid entry to the study of world cultures through art. Expand the classroom experience and the imaginations of your students with a visit to Emory’s Carlos Museum. During tours students will:
  • build critical-thinking skills
  • compare similarities and differences (Social Studies Skills Matrix #1.)
  • analyze artifacts ( Social Studies Skills Matrix #10.)
  • draw conclusions and make generalizations (Social Studies Skills Matrix #11.)
  • understand how people express their beliefs and ideas through objects (Historical Understanding; all levels).
  • explore diversity and a variety of religious concepts (Historical Understanding; all levels)
  • become acquainted with cultures and traditions from around the world (Historical and Geographic Understanding, all levels).
  • ask questions that lead to investigations (Habits of Mind)
  • Use date to answer questions and identify patterns of change (Habits of MInd)
Carlos and the Common Core: 
Georgia’s Common Core curriculum uses literacy and language skills to prepare students for success in college, career and life. Learning in a museum setting builds vocabulary and connects classroom reading to original source material; works of art as tangible documents of history.  They will compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and patterns of events from several cultures; from Classical Greece and Rome, to ancient Egypt, the Americas, south Asia, and sub Saharan Africa.  In the museum, students will expand their classroom knowledge in a different medium, and will use cogent reasoning and evidence collecting skills to express their interpretations and opinions.  As an extension of the classroom, the Carlos invites you to bring your classes to explore the stories of civilization.
How Do We Get There? And Where Do We Park?
Directions: Hundreds of school buses bring students to visit the Carlos Museum every year. Unfortunately, there is often confusion about where to enter campus, drop off students, and park the bus. To assist, we enlisted the help of a bus driver who made the trip himself to show the way.  Please watch this video and share it with your bus drivers!

Please do not use GPS to get directions to the museum. GPS systems provide excellent information for CARS entering campus, but not BUSES.  If you must use GPS, enter Emory’s Goizueta Business School as your destination, and the directions will lead you to the correct campus entrance for BUSES.

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For Families: Explore the Egyptian, Greek, and South Asian Collections at the Carlos with Our Family Guides!
The Carlos is pleased to announce a new addition to the family guides series. The new Egyptian family guide, with eleven die-cut  cards of animal mummies, painted coffins, and more, joins existing family guides to the Greek and South Asian collections. Featuring images of objects in the collection, lively text, and quotes from ancient sources, these collectable guides make exploring the galleries fun for children as they search for the featured objects and discover more about them.

The guides are available at no charge at the Reception Desk on Level One.
Funding Your Museum Visit and Bus Transportation
Need help funding transportation for a Museum visit?
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, the Carlos Museum is able to offer $300 per bus to K-12 teachers at schools with signifcant Title One populations. We know field trips are expensive, but bus stipends can make it possible for your students to explore the stories of civiization found in the galleries of the Carlos Museum—from the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mespotamia, Greece and Rome to the varied cultures of sub-Saharan Africa, from the indigenous cultures of North and South America to the thriving cultures of India and the Himalayas. Contact Ana Vizurraga at 404-727-4280 or to apply. Funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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Artful Stories for Preschools
Preschool children gather to hear a story surrounded by Egyptian, Greek and Roman, ancient American, Asian or African art before looking closely and discussing related works of art, and then transitioning to the studio for a hands on activity!  This free program is made possible through generous funding from PNC Bank and is available for preschool classes on Monday mornings at 10 am when the museum is closed to the general public, offering a special environment for young children to experience art, literacy, and cultures of the world.
  • Maximum twenty two children per group.
  • One chaperone for every five children.
  • If your group has special needs, please call to discuss possible adjustments to the program.
  • Space is limited, so please sign up early to reserve a space for your class.
To make a reservation for your preschool class to participate in Artful Stories for Preschools, please contact Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or

This program is made possible through the generous support of PNC Bank.
Additonal support for educational programs for children and families at the Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation, and the Marguerite Colville Ingram Fund.

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